Greater Trilby News

Serving the Tri-Community Area

Vol. 1, Issue 7 –November 2005


Historic Film Brings Crowd

for Monthly Meeting


            Trying to bring an “old time” atmosphere to the community, the GTCA Historical Committee presented the 1915 silent film “Trilby” for the October general meeting.

            Local Historian Scott Black spoke before the showing giving a brief synopsis of the film and a history of its making.  The film is a version of the novel “Trilby” that was written in 1895 by George Du Maurier.  Association Secretary Richard Riley brought several versions of the original book and posted photographs that he has collected of the movies and the actors.

            The community of Trilby was named at the same time that the book was wildly popular just before the turn of the century.  In fact, there is an earlier plan for the community where the streets are named after the characters in the novel.  Those names haven’t survived, but our community has.

            Almost 50 community members attended the showing at the Trilby United Methodist Church where soda and popcorn were provided for a nickel each.  As was the practice in old silent films, there were descriptive slides interspersed with the movie action.  Because the film was shown on two regular TV sets loaned by members, Riley and Black read the slides and provided comments on the events on the screen.

Clara Kimball Young, “Trilby”


            The film, which was in fairly good shape still had some fuzzy moments and introduced some of the younger members of the audience to a new experience in film viewing for 64 minutes.

From the President:

Passing the Torch…

From One to Many

A major change in the Greater Trilby Community Association has occurred.  Denny Mihalinec has resigned from the leadership of the organization as of last month, giving personal conflicts and difficulties as the reason.  Denny will be directing his efforts in the future to renewed dedication to his faith, parenting organizations and a position in a local church.  He is also working as a handyman in his new “Honey-Do” service.

Denny worked on founding this association in 2004 and it became organized in September of last year as a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida.  He was the first President of the Association when officers were selected, and then became Chair of the Board of Directors earlier this year.  He gathered local residents and activists in meetings, large and small, and developed plans, missions, and goals for the Association and the community. 

Denny has been responsible for the revival and visibility of Trilby in the past few years.  Some of his greatest skills are his enthusiasm and belief in himself and the community.  Trilby had a heyday in the earlier part of the 20th century, and is now a sleepy rural community that is just now being rediscovered.  Denny Mihalinec’s name has been linked with most of that rediscovery.

Googling a name on the internet is a new way to find out a person’s popularity, notoriety or reputation.  If you look up Denny Mihalinec you will find over fifty positive references to him and Trilby, Habitat for Humanity, Dade City Chamber of Commerce, or many other state and local organizations and services.  If any reporter wanted information about Trilby, they called him.

In his letter of resignation, Denny stated that he has passed the torch of leadership to others in the community.  From those of us who will get this responsibility, we recognize and thank Denny Mihalinec for helping to light that torch. 

 – Herb Green, President

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Trilby Society News


Vichyssoise Anyone?

Or How the Ladies’ Luncheon Was a Big Success

By Kathy Riley



Trilby can boast of one of the best cooks and luncheon planners in the area, Eileen Lamb.  She had a great idea a couple of weeks ago:  she wanted to put on a ladies’ luncheon to raise money for the Greater Trilby Community Association.  She thought that 10 to 15 people would make it successful.  Little did she know that she had come up with a really great idea and that word of her idea had spread far and wide.  On Thursday, October 27, she had 27 reservations and spent all that day and most of the night cooking, and almost single-handedly put on a delicious luncheon.

I happened to be one of the lucky ones who got to attend this event, and when I entered the Trilby Community Center on Friday, October 28, 2005, I wasn’t sure I was in the right place.  There were four large tables with fresh, white tablecloths, beautiful pumpkin centerpieces and sparkling dishes ready for this special meal.  With a little help from some friends Eileen had transformed the center into a banquet hall.


We really did have quite a delicious lunch: the menu included a fruit cup followed by vichyssoise, then came the entrees, either shrimp Louis or chicken a la king.  (I had the shrimp Louis, which included 8 extra large shrimp, tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs, all on a bed of greens and smothered in a wonderful dressing.)  I was pretty full after that but I’m glad I still had room for the lemon tart for dessert.

One of the highlights of the luncheon was the fact that only one man was allowed in the center.  He was my husband, Richard Riley, who had the distinct honor of being our waiter.  I think he did a pretty good job since several people wanted to know if he could wait tables at their next functions.

Karyn Pirrello provided the pumpkin theme centerpieces that were auctioned off after the meal to further the contributions to the Association.  Center cleaning, dishes and cutlery, set-up, and then clean up were provided by the Greens, the Fink family, and the Rileys, all supporting the culinary work and skills of Eileen.  Attendees included long-time residents of the community, supporters from Blanton, and local social workers from Pasco Kids First.


Eileen Lamb talks with members of Pasco Kids First


Many of us lingered after everything had been served (while Richard cleared the tables) and discussed possibilities for the next ladies’ adventure in great dining.  The luncheon raised $241 in donations for the association.  Now we’re all waiting to hear what the men of the association are going to do to raise money.


New Members Added to Board of Directors

The GTCA Board of Directors has been expanded to its full compliment of 15.  Newly nominated and elected are:  Karyn Pirrello – Trilby Trails, Jeremiah Fink – Trilby Youth, Marlene S. Nichols – Trilby Postmistress.  See for more information on the Association.

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St. Leo Students Tutor Tri-Community Kids In After-School Program


They come from all over the country (and the world) with different majors: Katrina Errico, a sophomore from Florida majoring in biology, Alex Zic, a sophomore from New York majoring in biology, Brigitte D’Abreau, a freshman from Trinidad majoring in international business, Stephen Kubasek, a sophomore majoring in accounting, and Jeny St. Laurent, a senior majoring in social work.  But these students have some things in common.  They are all members of the Samaritans, a service organization at St. Leo University.  “This group combines the college and the community,“ Jeny St. Laurent, leader of the Samaritans said. “Our motto is ‘Everywhere you go make a difference.’”  And they are all eager to help students in the Tri-Community area with their schoolwork and have some fun too.  “There are a lot of our students interested in helping out here,” Kunasek said. “I had to turn away three this week who wanted to come.”

At the present time, the program only runs on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  “Our goal is to have a permanent program and perhaps expand it to twice a week.  We’ve sent out fliers to the Lacoochee Elementary School and, hopefully, more kids will come in the future,” Stephen Kubasek, leader of this project, explained.  “When the kids get here, we do schoolwork first.  Because we’re students we understand that doing homework is hard and it’s nice to get some help.”

When the homework is done, the kids get to play.  There were puzzles, crayons and paper scattered over a table, and St. Leo tutors were encouraging kids who had finished their homework to get involved in play.  Some kids also played outside with a ball.  “We’re planning a Halloween party,” Stephen added. “And we want to do something special for Christmas too.”

The after-school program is a collaborative effort between St. Leo University and the Greater Trilby Community Association to tutor students in the Tri-Community area.  “The program is open to any kid (ages 6 to 16) in this area, but the parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their children,” Kubasek continued.

Kathleen Fink, education director for the Greater Trilby Community Association, is the contact person for anyone interested in having a child take part in the program.  Call Kathleen at 352-583-5973 and sign your child up now.

Lacoochee Playground Damaged by Fire


We just can’t give up on the kids,” stated regional director, Richard Someillan as he discussed the future of the Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club after a fire that destroyed most of a new playground that had been donated to the center last year.

The “Jungle Gym” part of the playground was metal with a soft, protective covering of colorful plastic.  Obviously it was also very flammable.  According to reports, three boys were playing with fire in the soft mulch that had been placed under the equipment, and the plastic caught and spread to all parts of the large structure.

Someillan and Roy Opfer, representatives of the Tampa Boys and Girls Club, will be working on finding funds to restore and replace the structure that was burned.  “We will be making presentations to local service clubs and other businesses and organizations,” Someillan continued.  “We will go on.  The Club has had a setback, but we have to be there for the kids.”

According to the Tampa Tribune, George Jarosik, the club’s program director, has stated that the playground will be replaced by Home Depot and Kaboom! Playground Inc. around December 15.  If you would like to help with the construction, contact Jarosik at 583-2994.  Donations of money are also sought. 



The Greater Trilby News

“Serving the Tri-community area”

Publisher:  The Greater Trilby Community Association,

Herb Green --


Editor:  Kathryn Riley --



The Greater Trilby News is a monthly publication of The Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., and serves the tri-community area consisting of Lacoochee, Trilacoochee, and Trilby.  This newsletter accepts articles concerning the association’s activities and articles of interest to the area.

Your business or organization can place an ad in the newsletter.  The rates for donations and the sizes of ads are as follows:


1 month

3 months

6 months

 1 year

Business card

(1/10 page)





One-fifth page





(Because of limited production capabilities, these two sizes are the only available options at this time.)

This newsletter also accepts free ads describing sale items in 30 words or fewer.

Ads and articles must be submitted by the third Monday of the month.  Mail submissions to:  Kathy Riley



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November 2005 Community Events 








CC = Community Center

 TMC = Trilby Methodist Church





Line dancing

10-11:30 a.m. at CC




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers,5:30 to 8:00 pm at CC

Crime Watch, 7:00 pm at TMC


Pioneer Doll Club at CC

One-stroke painting *, 3-5 p.m. at CC


Painting class, 10 am to 2:00 p.m. at CC




Veteran’s Day;

Line dancing




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers

GTCA Exec. Board 6 pm TMC

GTCA Board Dir. 7 pm TMC



Painting class



GTCA general meeting, 7 – 8 pm at TMC
Toys for Tots


Line dancing




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers





Painting class




Line dancing




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers



Painting class











Eileen’s Recipes from the Ladies’ Luncheon



4 cups chicken broth, 4 cups chopped potatoes, ¼ cup onion, 1-½ tsps salt, 8 oz cream cheese, 1 tbls chopped chives


Combine the broth, potatoes, onion, and salt in a saucepan and cook approximately 20 minutes.  (You may add 2 celery stalks cut into large pieces for extra flavor but remove the celery before putting the ingredients in the blender.)  Place ingredients in a blender and add the cream cheese.  Blend until smooth.  Add chives and chill.  Garnish with chives.


Shrimp Louis

Ingredients for one plate of Shrimp Louis:  salad greens, tomato wedges, hard-boiled egg wedges ,lemon wedges, 8 shrimp


Dressing (Makes 2 cups)

1 cup mayonnaise   ¼ cup whipping cream, whipped, ¼ cup chili sauce, ¼ cup chopped green onion, ¼ cup chopped green pepper, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp lemon juice


Arrange a bed of salad greens on each plate and cover the greens with the other four ingredients in a pleasing manner.  Pour a small amount of the dressing over the salad right before serving.



If you have any recipes you would like to share, please send them to Kathy Riley, P.O. Box 6, Trilby, FL 33593 or e-mail them to, and they’ll appear in the association newsletter.


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Editor’s Note:  This month, we have our first “Paid” advertisement, compliments of Andrea Hall, Realtor, just over the county line in Ridge Manor.  Thank you for your support.